BANGKOK, May 16 — National professional men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia downed South Korea’s Jeon Hyeok Jin 22-20, 21-7 to storm into the quarter-finals of the Thailand Open at the Nimibutr Stadium here today.

The sixth-seeded Zii Jia took just 36 minutes to win the second-round tie and set up a quarter-final date against China’s world number 19 Lu Guang Zu tomorrow.

The Kedahan said he expects a tough match against Guang Zu.

“As we all know, Guang Zu is a very good defensive and rally player... it’s going to be a tough game due to the draught in the arena while the shuttlecock is a bit slow,” he said.

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World number 10 Zii Jia was the only bright spark for Malaysia in today’s second-round matches as the other national players fell by the wayside.

National men’s singles shuttler Leong Jun Hao went down fighting 22-20, 14-21, 21-23 to reigning world champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in a hard-fought one hour and 32-minute battle.

Jun Hao said although he lost, there were still many positives that he could take from the match.

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“Overall, I’m satisfied with my performance today as it is always tough playing against the home favourite. I hope to put up another good performance in the Malaysia Masters next week,” he told Bernama after the match.

Earlier, two Malaysian mixed doubles pairs — Yap Roy King-Valeree Siow and Choong Hon Jian-Go Pei Kee — also crashed out of the tournament.

Roy King-Valeree went down 11-21, 16-21 to top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand while Hon Jian-Pei Kee lost 15-21, 15-21 to tournament seventh-seeded Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto-Lisa Ayu Kusumawati of Indonesia. — Bernama